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Publisher:  Dog |Ear Publishing ISBN-10:  1457513943 Type: 


ISBN-13:  9781457513947

Millie and Honey
Millie and Honey

Millie and Honey are off on another adventure, this time to the planet of Appleopolis, where all the inhabitants have a secret.

Millie and Honey are off on another adventure. Join Millie, Honey and “The Gang” as they explore another planet, this time with Mom and Dad. APPLEOPOLIS is a planet of surprises, fun and new experiences. CATATONIA was just the beginning. Now they are learning new things and finding out things about themselves that they never knew. Come along and enjoy the ride, although it is a short one, it takes you on a journey both externally and internally. Deep into the outer reaches of space and into the depths of your own mind. It will expand your thoughts and maybe even open a door within that you never knew existed. In my first book: Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure – Volume I – CATATONIA, we began with Millie and Honey taking the “pups,” Salazar, Jasmine, Burt and Blinky to the lake. Along the way, they encountered a mysterious traveling machine that transported them “INSTANTLY” to another planet. Catatonia – the planet of felines, was an enjoyable place, where amazing rides in a strange theme park kept everyone entertained. Now, we visit the planet of APPLEOPOLIS, a planet as different as, well, cats and apples. Here we again travel into the deepest reaches of the unexplored universe to find a planet that is inhabited mostly by plant life. But what amazing plant life it is… Enjoy the adventure and open your mind to all possibilities as we embark on a new journey of discoveries, as we ride the traveling machine into one great adventure!         

As the door opened, everyone peered out. Outside the open door was a lush expanse of rolling green fields as far as you could see was dotted with apple trees. A path of red stones reached from the steps of the traveling machine into the orchards. Standing on his hind legs outside the door was a Yorkshire Terrier. He stood at the bottom of the steps and looked up into the machine. He wore a blue blazer that sported three different medals. “Welcome to Appleopolis!” He proclaimed. His right eye squinted and he sort of sneered and showed his teeth when he spoke, but he seemed pleasant enough. His speech was like a pirate from an old movie, and it made Blinky giggle, “Good day kind sir. You sound like a pirate.” To which everyone laughed.
“Arrgh there Matey, I have spent me a spell on an interplanetary sailing ship. That is how I ended up coming here, but that is a long story. For today, I am your guide. They call me Rags, because I am the Regent of the Agricultural Garden Society, here on Appleopolis. My real name is Abernathy, but I am not particularly fond of it, so just call me Rags.
Salazar was the first one out of the machine and down the stairs. He ran up to Rags and extended his paw, “My name is Salazar. Pleased to meet you, Mr. Rags. What are all those medals for?” He jabbered on, pointing at the three medals proudly displayed on the blazer.
“Well they are for being shot in the line of duty, if you must know.” Rags replied testily.
Jasmine, snickered, “Those are Rabies tags. We have one too.” She whispered not so quietly to Blinky. Blinky laughed out loud. Everyone looked closer and sure enough, they all had inscriptions on them that proclaimed they were indeed Rabies tags, 2009, 2010, & 2011.
Rags gave everyone a sneer daring them to say anything more about them. “Whatever,” he said, in his gruff manner, “Let’s be off as there is too much to see in one day and we can’t dawdle.” He growled quickly, squinted one eye showing his teeth on one side.

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Title: Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure – Volume II – APPLEOPOLIS

Author: J.D. Means

Genre: Children (age 6-12)

Release Date: TBA

Reviewer: Deborah Watson-Novacek

This wonderful book, authored by J.D. Means and very nicely illustrated by Romar Lipana, is a cute fantasy/adventure tale intended for children aged 6 – 12, depending on their reading level. This would also be a great book to read aloud to your non-reading children. A sequel to MHIIIA, Volume 1: Catatonia, Appleopolis picks up the day after the characters’ adventures in Catatonia (an amazing planet of felines).

In their last adventure, Millie, her dog Honey, and Honey’s litter (Salazar, Jasmine, Burt and Blinky) discovered a “Traveling Machine.” In this story they join up with Millie’s parents and Rose (the machine’s caretaker) to travel to the planet Appleopolis.

On Appleopolis, a planet of intelligent trees, the group also makes friends with the delightful Rags (the Regent of the Agricultural Garden Society), who wears a blue jacket complete with medallions and talks like a pirate. Rags is their own private guide to all the wonders in Appleopolis. The group experiences Apple Bobbing (with a twist!) and the Apple Press ride. They also learn a lot in the Maple Forest and the Cinnamon Grove. An adventure-filled day with lots of fun and learning!

I highly recommend that you add this book to your family library! I also think that someday this series would make an excellent cartoon series (a la The Magic Schoolbus)! The characters are all quite engaging and story is well plotted and executed. The vocabulary is just right – a little challenging (in a good way!) for younger children, but not too baby-ish for the older reader. The ending is satisfying and leaves you wanting to follow along on the group’s next adventure.

If you can, I also recommend you get the first book in the series (Catatonia), and I can’t wait for the publication of Book #3 – The Blue Angel Planet!

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Reader Reviews for "Millie and Honey - APPLEOPOLIS"

Reviewed by K G 11/12/2012
The story, Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure - Volume II - APPLEOPOLIS, written by Joseph D. Means is an adventure story with a hint of fantasy; which makes it perfect for younger children. The story is a wonderful addition to the first volume written by Joseph Means. After Millie and the pups return from Catatonia, she excitedly tells her parents of their adventure. The story begins the following day, as Millie’s mom, Melissa prepares breakfast before they all start off on their next journey into the intergalactic world. Millie, a fourteen year old girl, her pups, and her parents, Mellisa and Wilfred, commence their on the adventure traveling machine where they meet Rose, the caretaker of the traveling machine. Their eagerness soon lands them on the planet of Appleopolis. When they land on the planet complete with Apple Bobbing with a Twist, The Apple Press Ride, The Maple Forest, and The Cinnamon Grove they are greeted by Rags, a gruff Yorkshire Terrier. The company is led to the educational center where they learn and embark on their various adventures for the day. The story concludes with them learning a valuable lesson and returning home with a few produce from Appleopolis and a little friend. The tale is similar to Means’ first book, but with an effective and well thought out twist.

Means was faced with the challenge having to make this book different from the first one, but just as enjoyable. He did an incredible job. Similarly in the first volume Means emphasized the unique characterizations of the different pups. I loved how he kept the reader engaged with interesting and colorful story plots. Once again Means authored a fantastic book along with breathtaking illustrations by Romar Lipana.

I think the whole series would be perfect bedtime stories for kids. These stories are definitely a must have in your library at home if you have younger children.

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